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The Stars Look Down on Horden

from Giving Up the Ghosts by Ribbon Road

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    A 25 minute piece based on work into social haunting
    Songs by Brenda Heslop, Films by Carl Joyce, performed by Ribbon Road

    This song/image piece has been produced as part of a research project called ‘Song Lines to Impact and Legacy: Creating Living Knowledge through Working with Social Haunting’ - made possible by Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities funding. The project has been led by Dr Geoff Bright of the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, and co-produced by a team of artists, academics and community partners including Unite Community and the Co-operative College. Working in community Ghost Labs in Staffordshire and across the north of England, it has used the idea of a ‘social haunting’ and a range of arts methods to inquire into how difficult feelings, carried into community life from contested pasts, can be harnessed as energies for benevolent and productive change.

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The last Ghostlab session was on familiar ground in the Salvation Army Hall in Horden in East Durham.



Things are bad now
Things are sad now
It brings a feeling over me
I’ve been happy all me life here
Now I live on memories
Me daughter tells me I should leave
But I’d be lost without me heart
Me future’s here where pigeons feed
And I’d be lost without me heart

There’s a voice cries in the night
I count the stars until it’s light
They’re setting fires off in the yard
But I can’t leave, it breaks me heart

The streets of Horden lie so quiet
Houses leaking in the rain
And no-one mends them
And no-one listens
There’s no ending to the pain
I ring the council again
There’s been a fight at No 10
The police are at the door
There’s trouble out there at 24

There are lights on still in Horden
And I’m dreaming in the dark
And the moon shines on the water
Silver linings break me heart

There’s a railway but no station
Every day trains come and go
Where the pit was there’s a wasteland
To remind us who we are
But I won’t tell you and I won’t say it
We’ve breathed the dust and work was hard
We had wor pride, I try to save it
They broke wor backs, I hide me heart

There’s a sunrise every morning
Reaching down for you and me
It’s a hard one in the morning
Loving Horden by the sea


from Giving Up the Ghosts, released October 14, 2017
Words and Music - Brenda Heslop 2017 (Ribbon Road

Vocals - Brenda Heslop
Accordion - Jill Heslop
Vocals, instruments - Geoff Heslop

Arranged and Recorded by Geoff Heslop at Shipyard Studios


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For over 30 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
Geoff and Brenda now release material under the name Frank and Rose and have a separate Bandcamp page
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